2010 Scholar

Melissa M. Knudson
Lower Columbia College

Melissa M. Knudson
Childhood memories of local rivers motivated Melissa to help preserve this precious resource for her three children and future generations. Melissa is able to carry out her goals by volunteering with many local conservation and preservation groups such as Columbia Riverkeeper and Columbia Land Trust. Melissa is dedicated to not only her education but to the education of her children as well. Her three children often accompany Melissa on her volunteer activities and are learning how our actions affect the environment and what can be done to protect it. When not working to protect our rivers, Melissa can always be found enjoying them.

How can you describe a weekend of student leaders from across the U.S. with an intense passion to change the world? The Orientation was a phenomenal experience to meet and build connections that I'm sure will last a lifetime.

Emily Bacha, 2009 Udall Scholar


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